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Man drowns in pond after fetching soccer ball for child

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MILTON (WBZ) — A Quincy man visiting Houghton’s Pond in Milton with his son drowned Thursday while trying to retrieve a ball that had fallen into the water.

Massachusetts State Police said the 39-year-old went to the pond around 6:30 p.m. to retrieve a soccer ball. Witnesses said it was for her child.

Milton Fire Chief Christopher Madden said outside the swimming area the water depth drops dramatically to about 42 feet deep.

“The water is not super clear. There is a shelf that falls very quickly after the rope has bogged down there,” he said.

Lifeguards are not yet on duty at the pond.

Boston Fire Department divers, Milton Fire Department, State Troopers and Boston Parks officers searched the water for the man.

“No one was screaming, everyone was pretty quiet and calm, trying not to overwhelm the kids,” said Leslie Edwards, who was at the pond with her son. “I’m traumatized, I’m not going to lie. I am very traumatized.

The man’s body was found around 8 p.m. His name has not been disclosed.

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